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Greece Tour: January 2020

January 21, 2020 – January 30, 2020

An exciting tour filled with culture, biblical teaching, and fellowship. Even if you have been to Greece before, our tour will open new insights into the Apostle Paul and how his ministry got started in Europe. Our tour will be led by Dr. Gene and Gay Rudd.

Registration Information

Tour Package Includes

  • All first-class hotel arrangements from Tuesday’s arrival through departure (based on double occupancy)
  • All land transportation after arrival from the U.S. (excludes airport shuttle to the hotel on the day of arrival and from hotel on day of departure)
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) – beginning with dinner on the day of arrival through breakfast on the day of departure
  • All archeological site fees
  • All professional tour guide services

Fee Chart

Tour Only Tour and Extension
Double Occupancy
(per person)
$2,350.00 $2,650.00
Single Occupancy $3,150.00 $3,450.00

 

Travel Arrangements

  • Fly IN TO Thessaloniki (Macedonia International Airport – SKG) no later than Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Fly OUT OF Athens (Athens International Airport – ATH) on January 28 or 30, 2020 if staying for the extension

 

Recommended Travel Agency 
World Travel Service, Inc.
Agent: Judy Rouse
Direct Number: 865-777-1622
Email: jrouse@worldtrav.com

Visas and Passports
No Visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Greece as a tourist. G3Visas and Passports can assist with passport procurement.

Detailed Itinerary
For a detailed itinerary, click on the “Schedule” link in the right column.

Activity Level
The activity level for this tour is “moderately strenuous.” You should be able to walk several miles on uneven terrain without difficulty. If you have mobility issues, this tour may not be for you. If you have questions, please contact Kim Hodge before registering.

Cancelation Policy
Cancelations and requests for refund must be submitted in writing to the Christian Medical & Dental Associations at the address below or by email.

Cancelation charges will be assessed as follows:

Before or on October 1, 2019 Full Refund
October 15 – November 14, 2019 $250 per person
November 15 – 30, 2019 $500 per person
December 1 – 15, 2019 $1,000 per person
On or after December 16, 2019 No Refund

 

Mail:                                             Email:
Kim Hodge                                     Kim.Hodge@cmda.org
CMDA
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Questions?
Contact Kim Hodge at Kim.Hodge@cmda.org or call 423-844-1063.

Schedule

8-Day Greece Vision Tour plus Extension Including One-Day Greek Isle Cruise and Extra Day in Athens

Monday, January 20, 2020
Depart from the U.S.

Tuesday, January 21
Arrive at Macedonia International Airport of Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace.

Wednesday, January 22
Visit Philippi and Neapolis (http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/philipi.htm)

  • In Philippi, Paul preached to women gathered at the river. His letter to the Philippians was addressed to the local Christians 14 years after his first visit to the area.
  • Visit the river where Paul baptized Lydia, a purple fabric merchant who became the first Christian woman to be baptized on European soil.
  • See a crypt, which may have been the place where Paul was flogged and imprisoned.
  • Another point of interest is the ancient Roman Agora built during the time of Augustus and mentioned in Acts as the place where Paul was publicly punished after he healed the demon-possessed girl.
  • You will also see the Basilicas and the Greek Theatre (4th century BC), which was converted into an arena by the Romans and used during the persecutions of the early days of the church.

Visit Neapolis (present day Kavala)

  • Paul arrived in this city with Timothy and Silas.
  • This is Greece’s most picturesque mainland port.
  • On the way back to Thessaloniki, you will see the remains of the ancient famous road Via Egnatia. You will pass by the ancient cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia which are mentioned in Acts.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Grand Hotel Palace.

Thursday, January 23

Visit Thessaloniki (http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/thessaloniki.htm and http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/thess%20sights.htm)

  • This recently discovered site is the old capitol of the Macedonian Kingdom (5th to 2nd centuries BC).
  • Paul wrote two epistles to the Thessalonians.
  • You can visit the Roman Agora (Forum), the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of Saint Demetrios.
  • You will also see the White Tower, the statue of Alexander the Great and the remains of the Palace Complex of Galerius (late 3rd century AD), as well as the City Walls and the Great Gate which connect the city with Via Egnatia, the transcontinental east-west road of the Roman Empire built in the 2nd century BC.

Visit Veria (ancient Berea)

  • This is the location where Paul visited and preached in the Jewish synagogue to the Greek nobility. You will see the Jewish quarter where the synagogue is still located today.
  • A monument within the city is dedicated to the apostle Paul.

Visit the site of Vergina (http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Museums/Archaeological_and_Byzantine/Arx_Bas_Tafoi_Berginas.html)

  • This recently discovered archaeological site is the old capitol of the Macedonian Kingdom (5th to 2nd centuries BC).
  • Visit the grave of Philip the 2nd, the father of Alexander the Great, which was found intact.

Dinner and overnight stay at Grand Meteora.

Friday, January 24

Visit Meteora monasteries
Visit the Meteora monasteries

  • Located at the top of exotic rocks, this is a tremendous introduction to the Eastern Orthodox Church

Travel to Delphi for dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Amalia.

Saturday, January 25

Visit Delphi (https://sacredsites.com/europe/greece/delphi.html)

  • Visit the center of the Ancient Greek Universe connected with the worship of Apollo.
  • After lunch we drive to Athens

Dinner and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens (or similar).

Sunday, January 26

Visit Athens (http://ancientgreecejourney.co.uk/places/ancient%20athens.htm)

  • Visit the world-renowned hill of Acropolis. Special emphasis will be on the visit to the Areopagus (Mars Hill) where Paul gave his famous speech to the Athenian philosophers. You will also visit the Ancient Agora (forum where Paul met the Philosophers), the Stoa of Attalus and the Temple of Hephaestus.
  • There will be free time for shopping in the famous Plaka area of the Flea Market of Athens.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens

Monday, January 27

Visit Corinth

  • This is the city where Paul stayed for one and a half years during his first visit. He wrote at least four letters addressed to the church of Corinth, as well as at least three epistles addressed to the first Christians in Rome, Thessaloniki and Galatia.
  • You will visit the archaeological museum, the Ancient Agora and the Bema where Paul stood in front of Gallio, the Roman Pro- Consul of Achaea.
  • You will also enjoy seeing the Temple of Apollo and the Hill of Acrocorinth, where during the time of classical Greece used to be the famous Temple of Aphrodite.

Dinner at CosmoVision Center and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens

Tuesday, January 28

For those not staying for the extension, you will check out of your hotel and take a transfer to the Athens International Airport for your flight home.

 

Option Extension

Tuesday, January 28
One-Day Cruise (https://www.onedaycruise.gr)

  • After an early breakfast, travel to the port and embark for a one-day cruise to three Greek Islands.
  • Enjoy lunch on the boat

Return for dinner and overnight stay at the Whyndam Grand Athens

Wednesday, January 29

  • Free time to explore Athens on your own.
  • After lunch visit the National Museum of Athens and take an afternoon visit to the majestic Sounio Cape to enjoy the sunset

Thursday, January 30

Take a transfer to the Athens International Airport for your flight home

Contact

Mail:
Kim Hodge
CMDA
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621

Email:
Kim.Hodge@cmda.org